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Doctor in the House

September 1, 2006 DHS' first chief medical officer brings his bedside manner to disaster management. Patients used to visit Dr. Jeffrey W. Runge one at a time. Now he treats them by the hundreds of thousands. Runge became the Homeland Security Department's first chief medical officer last fall. In the newly created position,...

Out of Chaos

September 1, 2006 From the mess after August's plane-bombing plot come new orders for TSA and its staff. The lines at the security checkpoint for the C terminal at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport looked normal. Standing nearby, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the revelation on Aug. 10 of an alleged plot...

Since 9/11

September 1, 2006 Anniversaries compel us to take stock, to assess progress, to measure change. On a clear September day five years ago, 19 hijackers plowed three passenger jets into the symbolic heart of America's economic and military power in New York and Washington. On a fourth hijacked plane, a group of ordinary...

Nuclear Fallout

August 15, 2006 Health and Human Services moves slowly on radiation treatments. First it was Iran. Then it was North Korea. On the international stage, the debate rages over what to do about nuclear weapons. Here at home, argument also dominates discussion of U.S. preparedness for a nuclear strike. The Health and Human...

Business Shield

August 1, 2006 Beefed-up protection from lawsuits should spur companies to take on homeland security work. From its inception, hordes of companies have tried to sell their products to the Homeland Security Department. Now DHS is hawking something to those vendors: protection from liability. Department officials say they will begin to use a...

Border Skirmish

July 15, 2006 Competing missions put pressure on new CBP commissioner to rethink staffing and resources. An 11th grade teacher imparted some advice that W. Ralph Basham carries with him three decades later. "You're going to learn a lot more in life when you're not talking," Basham recalls. Many people will be overjoyed...

Quarantine

July 1, 2006 The age-old response could be all that's left when the vaccines run out. Facing the continuing threat of an influenza pandemic, a new hurricane season less than a year after Hurricane Katrina and the ever-looming possibility of bioterrorism, federal agencies are spending too little money and time devising nonmedical strategies...

On Call

June 15, 2006 Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci lands front and center in the nation's biodefense program. Dr. Anthony Fauci can tell you exactly where he was on June 5, 1981. It was on the same National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Md., where he still works. "I was sitting in my...

Moving Target

June 7, 2006 Some of them saw smoke trails and some heard a noise, but the passengers aboard a 2002 charter flight from Mombasa, Kenya, to Tel Aviv, Israel, thought their trip was routine, until they entered Israeli airspace. That's when they were informed by airline staff that the plane had been targeted,...

Moving Target

June 1, 2006 Cost and maintenance questions linger for airliner missile defense. Some of them saw smoke trails and some heard a noise, but the passengers aboard a 2002 charter flight from Mombasa, Kenya, to Tel Aviv, Israel, thought their trip was routine, until they entered Israeli airspace. That's when they were informed...